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Beleaguered Caregivers Getting Help from Apps

April 22, 2013 10:06 am | by JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press | Comments

Now she has an app for that. With a tap or two on her iPhone, D'Auria can access a "pillbox" program that keeps it all organized for her and other relatives who share in the caregiving and subscribe to the app. From GPS devices and computer programs that help relatives track a wandering Alzheimer's patient to iPad apps...

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Former Google CEO Shares Vision in Tech Treatise

April 22, 2013 10:05 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The ability for anyone with an Internet-connected device to broadcast revelatory information and video is one of the reasons why Schmidt and Cohen wrote the book. The two met in Baghdad in 2009 and were both struck by how Iraqis were finding resourceful ways to use Internet services to improve their lives, despite war-zone conditions.

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Google Fined by German Data Protection Agency

April 22, 2013 10:01 am | by Associated Press | Comments

A German data protection agency fined Google Inc. 145,000 euros ($189,000) for illegally recording information from unsecured wireless networks — an amount it acknowledged is "totally inadequate" as a deterrent to the multinational giant.

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New App Helps Icelanders Avoid Accidental Incest

April 19, 2013 9:50 am | by JENNA GOTTLIEB,Associated Press JILL LAWLESS,Associated Press | Comments

A new smartphone app is on hand to help Icelanders avoid accidental incest. The app lets users "bump" phones, and emits a warning alarm if they are closely related. "Bump the app before you bump in bed," says the catchy slogan. Some are hailing it as a welcome solution to a very Icelandic form of social embarrassment.

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Discovery Paves the Way for Ultra-Fast, High Resolution Imaging in Real Time

April 19, 2013 9:44 am | by University of Melbourne | Comments

In work published in Nature Communications, researchers from the University of Melbourne and the ARC Centre for Excellence in Coherent Xray Science have demonstrated that ultra short durations of electron bunches generated from laser-cooled atoms can be both very cold and ultra-fast.

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Big Questions for Big Data

April 19, 2013 9:39 am | by Kelly Servick | Stanford Engineering | Comments

But for Stanford Computer Science Professor Jure Leskovec, the most interesting answers are under the hood, in the data of our online habits. His research uses information collected from sites like Twitter, Wikipedia and Facebook to tackle big questions about how society works.

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Microsoft Beats Street, Readies New Mobile Devices

April 19, 2013 9:38 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is struggling to extend its software into smartphones and tablets as consumers are turning away from PCs, the foundation of its empire. Over the winter, it launched two larger tablets under the Surface brand. And in October, the company took a large stake in Barnes & Noble's digital unit...

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Pong Game Will Be Writ Large on Philly Skyscraper

April 19, 2013 9:23 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Hundreds of built-in LED lights embedded in the north face of the Cira Centre will replicate the familiar paddles and ball with gamers controlling giant, table-mounted joysticks across the Schuylkill River from the building. The event starts at 8 p.m. It just might be the world's largest "Pong" game...

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Blackstone Drops Out of Race to Buy Dell

April 19, 2013 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Dell says buyout specialist Blackstone Group is ending a bid to buy the slumping computer maker, less than a month after pitching a plan to trump an offer from the company's CEO and founder. A letter to Dell Inc. from Blackstone and others involved in the bid says a steep...

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New Keyboard for Touchscreens

April 18, 2013 10:18 am | by Max Planck Institute for Informatics | Comments

The research team of Antti Oulasvirta at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics has created a new keyboard called KALQ that enables faster thumb-typing on touchscreen devices. They used computational optimization techniques in conjunction with a model of thumb movement...

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NIST Tests in New York City Suggest How to Improve Emergency Radio Communications

April 18, 2013 9:56 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology | Comments

Radio communications can be unreliable in underground tunnels and other large, complicated structures, posing a safety hazard for emergency responders. New tests of wireless emergency safety equipment by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have...

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Provo, Utah, Next City for Ultra-Fast Google Fiber

April 18, 2013 9:31 am | by PAUL FOY, Associated Press | Comments

The Provo deal is the first time Google plans to acquire an existing fiber-optic system. The city of 115,000 created the fiber-optic network, iProvo, in 2004. It planned to operate the system itself for Internet, television and phone service but found the operation too daunting...

Chipmaker TSMC Gets Tablet, Smartphone Boost in 1Q

April 18, 2013 9:21 am | by ANNIE HUANG, Associated Press | Comments

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world's largest contract chip manufacturer, reported an 18 percent jump in first quarter profit as increased global sales of smartphones and tablet computers boosted demand for sophisticated processors.

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Microsoft Offers Security Enhancement for Sign-Ins

April 18, 2013 9:19 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | Comments

People who turn on the new feature will be asked not just for a username and password, but also a second piece of information, such as a temporary code sent as a text message to a phone on file. Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. already allow two-step verification as an option.

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International Network, IX Reach, Opens Global Carrier Centre in Heart of London Docklands

April 17, 2013 1:40 pm | by IX Reach Ltd | Comments

IX Reach Ltd has announced the opening of its new colocation suite, the Global Carrier Centre, in the heart of the London Docklands. Housed in TelecityGroup’s Harbour Exchange (HEX) facility and with over 150 global and local carriers available, it’s an ideal location for networks looking to open a physical...

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